Being the mother of the bride is definitely an exciting time, but you might be a little confused by all the wedding etiquette rules out there. Standards have loosened a bit over the years, but it's always helpful to know what they are.
Tradition says that the groom's parents should call the bride's parents and introduce themselves.
It's most common nowadays for the bride and groom to arrange their parents' first meeting.
It's never a good idea to wear white to a wedding in which you are not the bride. Seriously. So unless your daughter specifically OKs it, don't do it.
If you're following wedding protocol to a T, this is True. The mother of the bride gets to pick her dress first, and then the mother of the groom tries to pick something that's complementary. Most people take a more laid-back approach, though.
The mother of the bride definitely gets the lion's share of the planning responsibilities, but the rehearsal dinner is not on your plate. The groom's family usually takes care of it.
Almost all, but not quite. Not everyone follows the rules so strictly anymore, but traditionally, the groom's family pays for the bride's bouquet, men's boutonnieres and corsages for moms and grandmothers.
We wonder if anyone actually follows this rule, but the bride's family is supposed to fund her trousseau, which includes lingerie and honeymoon clothes.
The groom's family traditionally foots the honeymoon bill.
Technically, the bride's family has dibs on the first engagement party; you could protest, but it probably wouldn't win you too many friends.
The groom's parents are expected to shell out for the bride's ring, and vice versa for the groom's ring.